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Room 237 (Rodney Ascher, 2012)

“A love letter to obsessional cinephilia, Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 gets a sterling Blu-ray transfer and some illuminating extras from MPI Media Group.” Read my review of Room 237, which hit the streets last week, at Slant Magazine.

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Interview: Albert Brooks

“We discussed his long and storied career with the personable Mr. Brooks, where topics included working with Martin Scorsese, getting late-night phone calls from Stanley Kubrick, shedding some light on the secret life of Bernie Rose, and tackling the growing … Continue reading

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“Within You Without You”: Outside In (Stephen van Vuuren, Ongoing)

Allow me the indulgence to evangelize a little: I’d like to draw your attention to local filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren’s phenomenal ongoing project, Outside In, an “IMAX film made in a basement,” as Stephen likes to put it. Consisting of … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: June 21 – 23

The Phantom Carriage (Victor Sjöström, 1920) – 3.5/5 Sjöström’s silent morality play proves a classic example of style over substance (and not in the pejorative sense). Based on a popular novel written as a hygienic diatribe against “consumption” (TB, not … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: June 10 – 14

The Wasp Woman (Roger Corman, 1959) – 2/5 Quickie cash-in fueled by the runaway popularity of the previous year’s The Fly. By locating his action in a cosmetics empire run by a middle-aged female fashion icon obsessed with cracking the … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: May 21 – 23

The Fury (Brian De Palma, 1978) – 3/5 Hard on the heels of his 1976 hit Carrie, De Palma revisits the telekinesis/psychic powers genre with lamentably diminished returns. Granted, there are standout set-pieces – the opening abduction scene, a sequence … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: May 13 – 15

Something Wild (Jonathan Demme, 1986) – 3.5/5 Lashing together strands of road movie, screwball comedy and domestic thriller, Demme’s day-glo dramedy works best in its first two acts – as gamine Lulu (Melanie Griffith in a Louise Brooks wig) spots … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: April 23 – 30

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968) – 4/5 Paul Mazursky’s screenwriting debut tells the uproarious story of a square Jewish lawyer Harold Fine (Peter Sellers) who tunes in, turns on and drops out with hippie Leigh Taylor-Young. Mazursky uses … Continue reading

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“I Will Show You the Life of the Mind”: Barton Fink (1991)

After a credit sequence in which the camera slowly moves down sickly green Art Deco wallpaper, the first shot of the film continues this downward trajectory, moving along a system of ropes and pulleys. We hear the declamatory tones of … Continue reading

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